CROW MOUNTAIN & WOOD'S REEF MINES
Gold discovery raised great excitement in Australia in the early 1850s. As people heard of the riches being unearthed, they left their occupations to join the search. 1852 saw hundreds of people going to Bingara, around 100km north of Manilla. Gold was also found at Ironbark Creek, Crow Mountain and Woods Reef, east of Barraba. In 1861 a gold stamper was set up there. Miner numbers in the district swelled to the thousands, but most moved onto the next field after the alluvial gold was worked out.
"The Princess" was the leading mine at the Crow Mountain gold field towards the end of the 1800s. It was, at one stage, crushing 50 tons of ore per day and yielding one oz. of gold to the ton. But the going was very tough and we have the Crow Mountain Correspondent's reports from those early newspapers to provide the detail. In January 1899, the first of his articles appeared in the Manilla Express, which had just gone into publication.
"Crow Mountain: A Description of the Field" 1896
"Wood's Reef" & the 'McLaurin & Vincent's Mine' 1897
HISTORY of MANILLA N.S.W.